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Minister of Basic Education speech 3Image: Thabo Nkwe (@tknwe)14 August 2014 - Teachers in classrooms remain the centre of learning and teaching with the core being a competent and confident teacher, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has said at the opening ceremony of the Teacher Centre Manager Workshop.

In an article that was originally published in The New Age on 12 August 2014, Russel Molefe reports on the address of Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga at the opening of the Teacher Centre Management Workshop. We republish the article here.


Teachers in classrooms remain the centre of learning and teaching with the core being a competent and confident teacher, minister of basic education Angie Motshekga has said.

"Teachers are the backbone of any functional education system. It is clear if we are to break the cycle of poverty and advance the economic empowerment of our people, we need a radical transformation in education," Motshekga said.

She was speaking at the official opening of the teacher centre management training at OR Tambo International airport on the East Rand on Sunday.

The training workshop has brought together all in charge of teacher training centres around the country.

There are 131 centres including 40, which are supported by Vodacom. The centres were previously known as district teacher development centres and provincial teacher development institutes.

The workshop comes a week after the council of ministers in education resolved to improve drastically the quality and efficiency of the entire system.

"In order to achieve this, we need to continuously upgrade the content knowledge of our teachers. However, we are taking a step further, training those in charge of all our teacher training centres," Motshekga said.

"Our plans also include building a network of dedicated principals who foster a vibrant environment conducive to learning, are effective managers and are able to provide administrative and curriculum leadership," she said.

She revealed that the council of ministers also came up with a set of 'non-negotiables' issues that needed to be corrected in education.

"It is no coincidence that most of them are centred on effective curriculum delivery, which needs to be our main priority as educators if we are serious about this radical transformation," Motshekga said.

The issues include improving performance in languages, focus on teacher qualifications, competence and training, district performance, monitoring and support and focus on multi-grade and rural schools.